International Postgraduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control

An Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) & Center for Infectious Diseases Radboud University Medical Center collaborative

Course Timetable

Year One (2022)

Training Course
January
IPDIPC (Module 1): Microbiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship
May
IPDIPC (Module 4:) The Built Environment
October
IPDIPC (Module 5): Decontamination and Sterilisation Services
Dates
January
24 Jan - 4 Feb 2022
May
9-20 May 2022
October
3-14 Oct 2022
Venue
January
Virtual/Cape Town
May
Virtual/Cape Town
October
Virtual/Cape Town
Application Deadline
January
31 Oct 2021
May
31 Oct 2021
October
31 Oct 2021

Year Two (2023)

Training Course
TBA
IPDIPC (Module 1): Microbiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship
TBA
IPDIPC (Module 2:) Surveillance and Research Methodology
TBA
IPDIPC (Module 3): Risk Management and Leadership
Dates
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Venue
TBA
Virtual/Cape Town
TBA
Virtual/Cape Town
TBA
Virtual/Cape Town
Application Deadline
TBA
2022
TBA
2022
TBA
2022

Course Modules

Module 1: Microbiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship

The module consists of the following themes:


Applied and Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship

• Review of microbiology
• Transmission of microbes
• Host defencs and co morbidities
• Impact of colonization of HAI
• Pathogenesis and infection
• Antimicrobial agents, therapy and resistance
• Chemical microbiology of infection



Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Stewardship

 

• Antibiotic mechanisms of action
• Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
• Resistance mechanisms
• Multi-drug resistant organisms
• The antibiogram:
– Empiric vs guided therapy
– Antimicrobial prophylaxis
– Antimicrobial treatment
– Antibody stewardship

Module 2: Surveillance and Research Methodology

The module consists of the following themes:


Surveillance and Heathcare Associated Infections: Methodology, Setting Up and Managing Data

• Setting up databases
• Developing a surveillance tool
• Surveillance definitions and methodology
• Outcome and process indicators for implementation of an IPC programme
• Basic Epidemiology
• Outbreak investigation and management


Research Methodology 

• Epidemiological tools
• Working with data
• Basic statistical inferencing
• Hypothesis generating studies
• Hypothesis testing studies
• Evaluating research studies, writing scientific papers, reports and publications

Module 3: Risk Management and Leadership

The module consists of the following themes:


Audit, Risk Assessment and Quality Improvement

• Understanding audits
• Designing audit tools
• Surveillance definitions and methodology
• IPC and quality improvement
• Measuring outcomes as part of PDSA cycle


Preventative Strategies 

• Standard precautions
• Transmission-based precautions
• Bundles


Leadership in IPC, Ethics and Management Behavioural Science

• IPC structures
• Legal frameworks
• Policies and policy writing
• Communication with stakeholders
• Principles of ethics in healthcare delivery
• Measures to implement behavioural change
• Behavioural Science

Module 4: The Built Environment

The module consists of the following themes:


Hospital: The Built Environment

• Role of IPC in the building project
• Impact of infectious disease on hospital design
• Principles of hospital design and ward layout
• The environment as infection source
• Water and plumbing services
• Ventilation systems
• Design of specialised units

Module 5: Decontamination and Sterilisation Services

The module consists of the following themes:


Decontamination Science: Intermediate Level

• Decontamination cycle
• Structure and staffing of sterile services departments
• Decontamination of medical devices
• Legislation and standards for decontamination
• Validation and testing
• Disinfectants and disinfection
• Tracking and traceability
• Decontamination in endoscopy units
• IPC interaction with decontamination and sterilisation

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Please note that while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, all our courses are being conducted on a virtual platform, unless stated otherwise.

Course Background

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is pivotal to ensure quality processes in healthcare delivery are in place.

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The International Postgraduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control (IPDIPC) course is aligned with the strategic framework of academic institutions to train healthcare professionals in line with recommendations of the World Health Organisation and the National Department of Health, South Africa.

IPDIC is aimed at health care professionals who choose IPC as a career and provides training for infection control practitioners and science graduates in infection control.

The goal is to develop skills and capacity in infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, management, leadership, research epidemiology and implementation science resulting in evidence-based cost-effective health support programmes.

FACULTY

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STUDENT INFORMATION

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Cost

$2,408 / R35,000

Excluding 15% VAT

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelors degree (such as MB, ChB) or equivalent (such as BCur).
  • NQF level 7 e.g. BSc or MSc degree in Microbiology or equivalent; BSc or MSc degree in Social Sciences or Behavioural Psychology.
  • Approved prior learning in Medical Microbiology.
  • Experience of at least 2 years in IPC related subject.

Dollar fee subject to change due to fluctuation of the exchange rate. Travel and accommodation not included.

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